Yesterday, the Lebanese Cabinet of Ministers asked the Council for Development and Reconstruction (CDR) to conduct a study on the expansion of the two landfills in Costa Brava and Bourj Hamooud in 15 days. An Environmental Impact Assessment before the construction of both landfills were not prepared and both landfills face legal challenges from the Lebanese Judiciary. Continue reading
Over the past few days, photos of hunters on the coast and dead seagulls have emerged on social media. Acting under the instructions of the Middle East Airlines chairman, these hunters were dispatched to the outskirts of the airport to shoot down the increasing seagull population which it seems have been attracted to waste accumulated at the site of the new Costa Brava landfill. The chairman stated in a television interview that the hunting will resume until “the government initiates solutions.” Continue reading
The Minister of Environment Mohammed Machnouk has denied claims by the Municipality of Jiye that the waste of Beirut and Mount Lebanon will be redirected from the controversial Naameh landfill to the coastal town. The president of the municipality of Jiye insists that a Jiye landfill plan is underway without any consultations with the stakeholders, explaining that if the plan is indeed implemented, it could have detrimental effects on the local economy which is heavily dependent on tourism. With 6 months remaining until the deadline of the closure of the Naameh landfill in January 2015, the Government of Lebanon has yet to offer a solution for this problem but promises a comprehensive plan that integrates recycling with the use of old quarries will soon be revealed.
A breakdown in trust between the public and the government is a major obstacle to solving the solid waste problem in Lebanon. Any municipality will likely reject hosting the infamous landfill because of disastrous experiences in the last few decades, lack of information sharing and ineffective environmental enforcement.
Interior Minister said that the land fill cannot remain closed. Minister of Environment said he understands protester concerns. However there is no alternative and they have a master plan that will resolve the issue in a year. A committee from Ministry of Public Works and Transport said that they will clear 60,000 square meters for only organic waste and other measures.
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Joumblatt assured the protestors that the Naameh landfill will be closed by 2015. MP Akram Shehayeb called for the appointment of a reliable environment and health consultant to a do a study on the impact of the landfill.
The road leading to the Naameh land fill has been blocked by activists again. Activists claim that the landfill is over capacity and has been emitting a gas with a bad odor making life difficult. CDR engineer claims that landfill conforms to international standards.
The Interior Minister will discuss proposals with local mayors to resolve the Naameh protests. Environmental activists and local residents have been protesting the unsanitary conditions of the Naame landfill. They are accusing Sukleen of dumping non-biodegradable waste; which violates agreement with state.